Born in a traditional farm in Denmark 16.11.1953, I grew up with an average of twelve dairy cows, twenty chickens, sows & piglets, two hardworking horses, a dozen cats and a goat, story reading by the stove (instead of TV) and daily manual tasks from I was 7. I left the idyllic country side to go to high school when I was 16. After a 12th grade diploma in classical languages, latin & greek, I was trained as a social anthropologist (magister artium program) at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Field studies in Guinea-Bissau. Specialization: peasant studies and modern development problems in West Africa. And then I was an active member of the Danish NGO “Internationalt Forum” 1972-1991 doing information work about third world countries and the north/south conflicts. 1986-91 I worked as a project manager and editor of the Danish third world magazine Cikaden published by a group of Danish NGOs.
I started photography when I was thirteen, with a Canon QL25, unfortunately lost by robbery in Ouagadougou seven years later. In 1976 I got my first Nikon SLR gear (F2A) to do my first free lance press work in the war zone of Western Sahara, a few months after the Moroccan invasion of this former Spanish colony. In the eighties, I made photos and press articles from India and reports from West African Sahel countries like Senegal, Mauretania, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso with bourses from the Danish Foreign Ministry and the European Union (collaboration with journalist John Frølich & photographer Djunior Svane who is now working in Namibia).
In 1991 I went to France to live with my French wife. And Burgundy turned out to be a good base for free lance photography, journalism and travel writing in Turkey, Romania, Spain and Portugal..... and then of course I’ve been visiting nearly every corner of my new homeland France with my camera and notebook. I’ve been working on French gastronomy and the CHR sector for about ten years for the Danish magazine Visitor. Writings on French Photography for the Danish newspaper Information. Reports on French society. Paris from A to Z. French wine districts. Events like the Bocuse d'Or. And a lot of reports on tourist destinations like Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Provence…. you name it … for different Scandinavian newspapers and magazines.
I love (the photos of) Henri Cartier-Bresson, Willy Ronis, Sebastião Salgado. And the expressive silence in the work of Raymond Depardon.
Author of “Turen går til Normandiet og Bretagne” and “Turen går til Portugal”, two tourist guides published annually by Politiken, Denmark.
Member of the Danish Travel Writers‘ Association (journalists & photographers) www.danskerejsejournalister.dk
Languages: Danish, English, French, German & Portuguese. Besides that, I read and understand Spanish, Norwegian and Swedish.
Travel and working experiences from Scandinavia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Romania, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauretania, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and India